Mahzor le-Kol ha-Shanah ke-Minhag Ashkenaz; Sefer Tehilim (Ashkenazi Prayer Book for the Entire Year; Book of Psalms), Aryeh Judah Leib Sofer ben Elhanan Katz of Treibitsch, Vienna: 1716
550,000 - 750,000 USD
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198 leaves ( 13 ¼ x 9 ¼ in.; 340 x 235 mm). Written in black ink on parchment in square Ashkenazi Hebrew script with Nikud; a few instances of brown or gold ink; some instructions in semi-cursive Ashkenazi Hebrew script; early foliation in ink. Decorated title page f.1r, partially hand-colored and gilded; a second, engraved, hand-colored and gilded title page f.148r. Illuminated, illustrated and decorated initial word panels, head- and tail-pieces, in ink and gouache; nearly every page framed in gilded ink, many headings in gilt and gouache cartouches; a few gilt frames oxidized to a viridescent patina. Very lightly stained, some soiling ff. 77v-78r, 98r-99v; early tape repair to fore-edge 174v; owners’ notes obscured from fly-leaf & first title page. Contemporary marbled endpapers. Contemporary blind- and gilt-tooled black morocco over wooden boards, gilt floral border with cornerpieces, similar ornament in blind, central gilt ornament; gilt spine in seven compartments, rebacked with original spine laid down; traces remain of gilt and gauffered edges; brass and leather clasps; five small bosses, a sixth lacking. Worn and scuffed.